New Works by Artists Catherine Farish and Milan Kilc on View in Vermont, 7/5-31
CYNTHIA-REEVES is pleased to present new works by Canadian printmaker and artist, Catherine Farish, and a sculptural installation by Czech artist, Milan Klic at 47 Flat Street, Brattleboro, Vermont. The exhibition runs from, July 5 - 31 with a reception on July 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM during Gallery Walk.
Catherine Farish has been experimenting with player piano rolls as both content and surface for this new body of work. All the images are mixed media on perforated paper, mounted on Arches paper. Her process begins with plates of metal, plastic, used materials or found objects. The encoding techniques for musical language became an expressive vocabulary and vehicle for Farish's ongoing interest in music, rhythm and the repetition of motif. On the repurposed player piano rolls the artist has added abstract marks, language fragments, and collaged papers, which allow her to complicate both the surfaces, and how those surfaces are perceived.
Farish's work has been described as emotionally sophisticated and provocative. Her intuitive approach is guided by a dialogue with the materials and a sensitivity to the physical characteristics of her innovative techniques in printmaking -- techniques she has been exploring for three decades of intensive work.
Abstraction and text typically feature in Farish's concise palette: earthy brick reds to muted blues, ochres and sand tones, and soft greens. While the works read overwhelmingly as abstract, Farish sometimes incorporates script, where the words function as visual elements in her composition, rather than for their meaning. These marking contribute to the sense of an elusive narrative behind each work, and their inherent sense of mystery.
In this latest series, Farish has a new interest in the relationship between the binary sequential language as shown on the piano roll and a more painterly, organic and often chaotic expression of doodles, scribbles and random markings. Together they combine to create a multi-layered surface where chance and accidents are welcomed. Change occurs naturally without the usual effort for control and "A New Order" emerges.
Farish received a diploma from the Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts and her BFA from Concordia University. She went on to study with a master printer in the French tradition of printmaking. Farish has shown extensively in Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Asia with over forty solo exhibitions and her work can be seen in many collections. She is the recipient of the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Quebec and the Acquisition Award from the City of Montreal. Other awards include the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Que?bec, the Material Award in the Boston Printmakers Exhibition and several grants, including a residency at the International Art Festival in Asilah Morocco. In 2008 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.